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A Filipina is among the prestigious group of women who work at America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Engineer Josephine Santiago-Bond, who was born in the United States but moved back to the Philippines when she was only two months old, initially didn’t have an interest in astronomy when she was young, spot.ph reported.

Engineer Josephine Santiago-Bond

According to Josephine, her Math subjects ‘got exponentially difficult’ and she had to crawl her way through some of the courses. However, she is no quitter.


She practiced solving Math and Engineering problems until she was either confident enough to take the test or ran out of review time. Amidst countless sleepless nights, her persistence eventually paid off.

Engineer Josephine Santiago-Bond

Santiago-Bond, who grew up in a family of scientists, eventually attended Philippine Science High School where she leaned towards the study of science and mathematics subjects. The Filipina then took the advice of an old schoolmate to embark upon an Electronics and Communications degree at the University of the Philippines.


“I had to crawl my way through some of the courses, but I wasn’t going to give up because of a few bad grades,” Santiago-Bond said.

After graduating, she moved to the US and took a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at South Dakota State University, where in 2003, she was offered a summer internship at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, which is one of 10 NASA sites nationwide.

Engineer Josephine Santiago-Bond

By the time she completed her master’s degree in 2005, Santiago-Bond already had a full time job at NASA. She first worked as a systems engineer tackling the technical problems of space missions and worked on a lunar mission in 2017.



Now, the Pinay Engineer heads the agency’s Advanced Engineering Development Branch. As such, she is responsible for supplying engineering support to research and technology development projects.

Her job is to choose brilliant people to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Engineer Josephine Santiago-Bond

“I am leading very diverse groups of people to bring their whole selves to work while executing NASA’s mission, which ultimately benefits mankind,” she said.

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  2. Only fools would believe the Americans spend billions of tax payers' money just to benefit mankind. NASA is solely for space missions and exploration that serves primarily American interest. Any benefits that are experienced by other countries are mere side effects.

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    1. They gave us Tang. What more could you possibly want?

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    2. Why should the spend billions of American tax dollars on projects whose primary benefit is not for Americans. My only problem with the American space program is their conservative party keeps trying to put people who don't believe in science in charge of scientific projects. Less than 6 months the Trump administration tried to hire flat earthers for jobs in planetary science.

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    3. When the Earth becomes uninhabitable because of pollution, overpopulation, an unbeatable asteroid, or whatnot, you'll understand why the space programs are necessary. The entire world has benefited from the gains of a space program, not just America.

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  3. i want to be an astronomer too but i am not good in mathematics :'<

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    1. I always wanted to go into astrophysics but I grew up convinced I was math illiterate. I never applied myself in middle and high school and left high school knowing none of it. I am 30 years old now with NO math history (except for a history of flunking my math classes), a freshman studying pre-engineering at a two-year college, and will be going on to studying physics at a four-year school...making A’s in math I never thought I would’ve ever been capable of learning. Everything is learnable. If you continue to believe you’re not good in mathematics, you’ll continue to not be good in mathematics. But, our minds are far more capable of learning hard things than we give them credit for. If you want to be an astronomer, the only thing standing in your way is you—not mathematics. You’ve got this!

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  4. Aside from Electrical engineering, what are the other engineering-related courses that can access or can work in NASA?

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  5. Just shows how pathetic our country is for not being able to harness or have a place for this talent and skill.

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  6. As a Pilipino, I am very proud for you!

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  7. im not happy you went to the most well paid agency sucking money for space deception...

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  8. Proud of you❤️❤️❤️

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  9. I always wanted to go into astrophysics but I grew up convinced I was math illiterate. I never applied myself in middle and high school and left high school knowing none of it. I am 30 years old now with NO math history (except for a history of flunking my math classes), a freshman studying pre-engineering at a two-year college, and will be going on to studying physics at a four-year school...making A’s in math I never thought I would’ve ever been capable of learning. Everything is learnable. If you continue to believe you’re not good in mathematics, you’ll continue to not be good in mathematics. But, our minds are far more capable of learning hard things than we give them credit for. If you want to be an astronomer, the only thing standing in your way is you—not mathematics. You’ve got this!

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  10. People with a special aptitude for numbers are a special kind of breed. When you have it, it will benefit you for life. I'd feel jealous too but I choose to celebrate her achievements.

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  11. This is my sister-in-law and I’m terribly proud. Jo is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever known. All you jealous haters, get a life and maybe you too can be successful!

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  12. Congratulations! I am proud of! You are an honor to us.

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  13. Filipino Proud...Agree almost of Filipino was smart...

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